$10.6 million may save Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies Jobs

FRESNO, Calif.

Monday morning during budget hearings, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors was informed of $10.6 million that has become available and may allow those 58 pink slips to be rescinded.

The money is carved out of other departments as well as the county renegotiating a contract for housing federal inmates. The board seems to agree on the decision to put public safety first.

Henry Perea said, "There's no question in my mind that the board have made a very firm commitment that we are going to keep what deputies we have on the streets ... on the streets."

District Attorney Elizabeth Egan hopes her department will be able to avoid laying off 26 prosecutors. She says attorneys are already overloaded with cases and losing anymore positions will mean many victims will never see justice.

The board is expected to allocate the money later this week.

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